In my quest to try 365 new beers this year, I wanted to write a little something about all of them. Whether it's a review of the beer, a post about the event I tried them at, or even the place I tried them I wanted to mention every one. Well, I tried two new ones that Dustin Davis brought over on National Homebrew Day and all I have to show for it is a blurry photograph. Yes! I rock!
Here's what I think I remember... the Mikkeller Black Hole Imperial Stout was awesome. I say this mostly because I've never really had a beer from Mikkeller (@mikkellerbeer) that wasn't good. I've also never tried a beer from Mikkeller that wasn't expensive. That's to be expected though... craft beers and import tend to run a little higher than domestics and Mikkeller is both an import and a craft brewery. And I use craft brewery very vaguely here because they are actually something called a 'gypsy brewery' or 'phantom brewery' in that they don't have their own physical brewery. They come up with the recipes, oftentimes in collaboration, and have other breweries brew the beer for them. It's an interesting way to do things, and the beer is delicious, so they have that going for them!
I also tried the Ommegang Abbey Ale, I know this because I have a blurry picture on my phone. You've probably heard of Brewery Ommegang's (@breweryommegang) hometown, but not because of the brewery. They hail from Cooperstown, NY and specialize in Belgian-style ales. See, they even put the 'brewery' in front like the Belgians so! I've tried a few of their beers over the years, always impressed, but had never tried the regular Abbey Ale. It's one of their flagship brews and is considered a dubbel in style. One day I'll have to try it again when I'm done with me 365 in 2011 quest!